As if it were even possible, President Trump escalated his continuing assault on the media this week — first, during a contentious Thursday press conference at the White House, followed by a blistering Friday tweet:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The debate over Trump’s onslaught continues on social media, as well, with critics arguing he’d be better served by being less antagonistic to the press, and supporters claiming that the press has it coming after years of blatant bias.
So who do America’s voters trust more — Trump or the media?
According to a new Fox News poll, Trump. Moreover, most voters think the media is much tougher on President Trump than it was on President Obama.
As reported by Fox News, slightly more voters think Trump is more honest than the media, 45 percent to 42 percent, with 10 percent saying they’re equally trustworthy.Source: Screenshot/Fox News
But the answers to the question of whether the media treats Trump tougher than it treated Obama tell a different story — by 50 points — a nearly 4-1 margin.Source: Screenshot/Fox News
The poll wasn’t all good news for Trump. When asked whether he should be more careful about the things he says, respondents overwhelmingly said “yes,” by a nearly 3-1 margin, 71 percent to 28 percent.Source: Screenshot/Fox News
In addition, the poll found:
- 55 percent of voters believe the media should “cover the president aggressively,” 38 percent believe the media should “give the president the benefit of the doubt”
- 48 percent approve of the job Trump is doing as president, 47 percent disapprove, 6 percent “don’t know”
- 46 percent support Trump’s executive order on immigration, 52 percent disapprove
- 42 percent think the order makes America “more safe, 33 percent, “less safe,” 24 percent “no difference”
Fox reports that poll results are based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,013 randomly chosen registered voters — 42 percent identified as Democrats, 39 percent, Republicans, 19 percent, Independents — nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 11-13, 2017.
Incidentally, in a memorable exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta during the press conference, Trump again torched the network, proudly proclaiming that he will no longer refer to CNN as “fake news” — it is now “very fake news.”Getty Images/Mark Wilson
As if the continuing battle between Trump and the media weren’t already strange enough, CBS “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson said on Friday that Trump’s not to blame — “the press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own.”